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World of Warships Supertest: U.S. Tier IX Premium Destroyer Halford

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Historical background

USS Halford, (DD-480) was part of the great family called the Fletcher-class destroyers from the U.S. Navy. The ship was laid down in June 1941, launched in October 1942, and commissioned in April 1943.

Because the U.S. Navy was printing Fletcher-class destroyers like Germany was printing money in the 1920s, they decided to start using some of the ships to experiment with new equipment and configurations. One of these guinea pigs was the Halford which, alongside the USS Pringle and USS Stevens, was fitted with a catapult and aircraft crane to operate a float plane.

The purpose of this float plane was to provide spotting for the destroyer flotilla which she would be part of. However, to fit the catapult, it was necessary to remove the 3rd 127 mm main battery turret, one of the two torpedo tubes, and the twin 40 mm Bofors was moved to the stern, replacing the 20 mm Oerlikons normally present there.

In the end, this configuration would be short-lived, being replaced by the standard configuration of Fletcher-class destroyers with five main battery turrets and two torpedo tubes in November 1943. Tactical changes and the great increase in the number of deployed aircraft carriers made her capacity to deploy scouting aircraft irrelevant and unsuited for the new tactics employed.

After returning to active service with her increased combat capabilities, Halford would take part in numerous anti-shipping sweeps, escort, and shore bombardment operations until she was called to take part in the famous Battle of the Philippine Sea. She took part in the first phase of the battle, enjoying a front-row seat for the Marianas Turkey Shoot. Later on, she would also take part in the Battle of Surigao Strait after which, she continued to participate in escort missions and shore bombardment operations until the end of the war.

At the end of January 1946, she joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet and was later decommissioned in May of the same year. Halford would remain in reserve until May 1968 when she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register before being sold for scrap in April 1970.

If you want to learn more about Halford and the Fletcher-class, here is a video from Drachinifel covering it:

In World of Warships, we are getting Halford as she was with her original configuration. She can deploy a squadron of Attack aircraft in battle, equipped with Tiny Tims rockets.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

Ship’s permanent camouflage

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Attack aircraft




Propulsion: 60 000 HP


‎Mk9 mod. 1


127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount


533 mm (5x Mk29 mod. 1)

F8F Bearcat float

General Characteristics and Playstyle

Health17 100 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction0 %
Displacement2 924 tons
Overall length112.5 m
Beam12.07 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)16.4 m
Freeboard5.8 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range10.220 km
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount4 x 1 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range13.500 km
533 mm Mk141 x 5 533 mm
Attack aircraft – ‎F8F Bearcat float4 planes per squadron
Maximum speed38.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius630 m
Rudder Shift Time3.92 s
Surface Detectability8.28 km
Air Detectability3.24 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke3.25 km
Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 20 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Speed bonus: +8%
Defensive AA Fire
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Continuous Damage: +100%
Damage from shell explosions: +300%

Main Armament

4 x 1 27 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount
 Maximum Firing Range10.220 km
 Reloading Time3.3 s
180 Degree Turn Time5.3 s
Optimal firing angles at the front30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear28°
Sigma2.0 sigma
Maximum Dispersion92 m
Type of Projectile HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage1 800
Penetration capacity 21 mm
Explosion size5.7 m
Fire chance5 %
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.38
Projectile Mass24.5 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 127 mm AP/SC Mk38
Alpha Damage2 100
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.347
Projectile Mass25.0 kg
Projectile Krupp2 598
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold21 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Attack aircraft

Attack Aircrafts – ‎F8F Bearcat float

Hitpoints per plane1 660
Cruise speed176 knots
Maximum speed216 knots
Engine boost time5 s
Engine boost reload time10 s
Size of attacking flight4
Aircraft per squadron4
Rocket typeTiny Tims
Rocket per plane2
Machine gun sequence5.0 s
Maximum rocket damage5 400
HE penetration capacity68 mm
Explosion size31.05 m
Fire chance33 %
Detectability range10.0 km
Restoration time120 s

Torpedo Armament

1 x 5 533 mm Mk14
Mk29 mod. 1

Reloading Time106 s
Maximum Distance13.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front50°
Optimal firing angles at the rear50°
Damage19 033
Flooding Chance323%
Speed66 knots
Surface Detectability1.4 km

Anti-air Armament

4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage19
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second67
Flak clouds number3
Flak cloud damage1 540
1 x 2 40 mm/56 Bofors on a Mk.1 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage7
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second25
8 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage22
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second77

ASW Armament

Shipborne depth charges

Reloading Time40 s
Number of charges2
Number of bombs in payload16
Damage5 100
Sink speed21.5-32.2 m/s
Detonation timer6.5 – 7.5 s
Explosion radius800 m
Fire chances21%
Flooding chances43%

The Armor

External armor protection:

Personal Opinion

I’m not going to lie, I’m slightly excited about this ship. While it is a Fletcher with only four turrets, only one torpedo launcher, weak anti-air, no Smoke Generator, and worse concealment (6.71 km when fully specced), the stuff she receives in return is pretty nutty.

First and Foremost, she gets access to a squadron of attack aircraft carrying Tiny Tims dropping up to eight rockets and from what I can see in the game files, the reticule is particularly tight, just barely bigger than the Tiny Tims of Saipan for two additional rockets. While Halford doesn’t get access to the Focus Fire Training skill to further reduce the aircraft restoration time, she is still able to deploy them every 114 seconds and they can make a pretty big difference on the field.

Fully aimed Saipan attach aircraft reticule next to an Albemarle(for reference)

As for the torpedoes, it might only be one launcher but with a 13.5 km firing range while otherwise having the same characteristics as Fletcher’s upgraded torpedoes.

Overall, Halford is shaping up as a support destroyer more than one that will be on the frontline, using her Attack aircraft and long-range torpedoes to do the work. With her lack of firepower, underwhelming concealment, and lack of defensive tools, you definitely want to be careful with what you do with the actual ship. At best, with her small size and U.S. ballistics, she can spam HE from behind islands. Otherwise, she will have to take opportunistic fights against other destroyers already weakened, possibly by her rockets.

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